£ 18,500
Contessa - 32
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£ 18,500

Contessa - 32

Sailing BoatsBlue Water CruisersContessaModel 32

ALL VIEWINGS ARE CURRENTLY STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENT ONLY The Contessa 32 is a well-proven and enduring design, considered to be the benchmark yacht at their time and now enjoying true classic yacht status. Although popular for one-design and club racing, they are easy to handle and fun to sail, with many being used for short-handed long-distance cruising. While 'Scintilla II' is a very good example having been fitted with a modern engine and electric windlass, her mast and standing rigging are due for replacement, which is reflected in the asking price. Otherwise she is unusually original and unmodified, offering a great opportunity for a Contessa enthusiast! She is only for sale after 35 years of love and careful maintenance in her current ownership due to their need to retire from sailing. Viewing by appointment only at our Essex office - Click here to reveal phone number -

The standard Contessa 32 accommodation offers up to six berths in two cabins and is fitted out to a good standard with traditional teak joinery. Forecabin with a V-berth with infill to form a double berth, stowage beneath and an opening hatch to the foredeck. Full width heads compartment with marine toilet, washbasin and storage, with a wet locker opposite. Saloon consisting of a dinette to port which can convert to offer a double berth, settee berth opposite and useful stowage beneath berths and in lockers. Chart table aft to starboard with navigation instruments, chart stowage and electrical distribution panel, and a quarter berth behind. Galley equipped with a gimballed 2-burner gas cooker with grill and oven, stainless steel sink and further storage in cupboards and drawers. Pressurised cold water system throughout. Beige vinyl upholstery with complimenting curtains.
Mechanical Systems
Located abaft the companionway, Beta BD722 3-cylinder 20hp diesel engine (new 2007). Freshwater cooled via heat exchanger. Morse single lever controls with electric start. Shaft drive to 2-bladed fixed pitch propeller. Stainless steel 45L fuel tank giving approximately 120 mile range at 5 knot cruising speed.
Electrical Systems
2 x 12v Batteries (new 2017) charged via engine alternator. Electrical distribution panel. Full cabin lighting.
Spars & Sails
Masthead rigged sloop. Anodised aluminium mast and boom. Stainless steel standing rigging with adjustable backstay. The mast and standing rigging will need to be replaced by the new owner and this is reflected in the asking price. Spinnaker pole. Terylene running rigging (renewed as required).  Slab reefing mainsail. Furlex 206 headsail furling system. 2 x Lewmar 43 self-tailing sheet winches. 2 x Lewmar 40 secondary sheet winches. 2 x Lewmar 8 control line winches. 2 x Lewmar 8 halyard winches.    Mainsail  -  Parker & Kay  -  1995  -  good Furling genoa  -  Parker & Kay  -  1995  -  good Cruising chute  -  Jeckells  -  2006  -  excellent (rarely used) The sails were serviced and valeted in 2019, and a new UV strip was fitted to the Genoa. Various additional sails are also included in the sale.
Deck Equipment
Delta anchor with chain and warp Lofrans electric anchor windlass (new 2007) Kedge anchor Stainless steel pulpit, pushpit, stanchions and guard wires Teak coach roof grab rails 3 x Tannoy deck ventilators Blue mainsail cover (new 2019) Blue sprayhood and cockpit cover (new 2015) Stainless steel boarding ladder Various warps and fenders
Navigation Equipment
Plastimo steering compass Simrad RD68 DSC VHF radio Autohelm ST50 echo sounder Autohelm ST50 speed/log Autohelm ST50 wind instrument Standard Horizon colour GPS chart plotter Autohelm ST2000 tillerpilot Autohelm personal digital compass Clock and barometer Masthead and deck level navigation lights
Safety Equipment
Fire extinguishers Fire blanket Horseshoe lifebuoy Cockpit harness points Emergency tiller Manual bilge pump
Contessa 32 built in 1977 by Jeremy Rogers to a design by David Sadler. Original dark blue GRP hull with cove line, white superstructure and light grey decks with moulded non-slip surfaces. Teak toe rails. Fin keel with encapsulated ballast. Tiller steering to skeg hung rudder. Self-draining aft cockpit. The hull was epoxy coated in 2006 below the waterline.
The company normally acts as brokers for the vendor who unless otherwise stated is not selling in the course of a business. Whilst every care has been taken in the preparation of these particulars the correctness is not guaranteed and they are intended as a guide only and do not constitute a part of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check these particulars and where appropriate and at his own expense to employ a qualified marine surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability on our part. General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferaft, fire extinguishers and flares etc., are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on board as part of the sale of a used vessel, may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owner’s specific needs.
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Mooring CountryUnited Kingdom
Year built1977
Sales statusavailable
LOA9.75 m/32 ft
Length9.75 m/32 ft
Width2.9 m/10 ft
Engine manufacturerbeta
KW20.0 hp
Fuel Capacity45 liter
Fresh water capacity45 liter
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